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Grant to Oxfordshire Breastfeeding Support 09 May 2018

Project fundraising and administrative costs. As the majority of our budget goes into direct service delivery, this represents an opportunity to fund part of our very necessary expenditures for long-term sustainability.

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 02 May 2018

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising 02 May 2018

Match Funding re Employee Fundraising

Grant to Children with Cancer UK 31 May 2018

Donation from Beard Charitable Foundation

Grant to Brace 31 May 2018

Beard Charitable Trust donation

Amount: £2,466
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Brace

Coach Outing to Winchester Christmas Market 2018 10 Aug 2018

Grant to Group Garden Holidays

Oxfordshire Gig Buddies (Pilot Project) 25 Sep 2018

The Gig Buddies concept is simple; beneficiaries are matched with a volunteer who loves the same kind of ‘gigs’ (e.g. football matches, the cinema, museum, concerts etc.) so they can go to these ‘gigs’ together. The Gig Buddies idea originated in Brighton from a charity called Stay Up Late. The charity was started by the punk band ‘Heavy Load’. Three of the members of Heavy Load had learning disabilities and they were tired of seeing their fans leaving their gigs at 9pm due to support staff working inflexible rotas. They started the Stay Up Late campaign in 2006 and this eventually developed into the Gig Buddies project. The coalition evolved the idea for Oxfordshire so that It isn’t just the lonely/isolated “beneficiaries” who will benefit, but the Volunteer supporters who will have come from disadvantaged backgrounds themselves.


Grant to Kidlington & District Information Centre

‘Making Music Together’ 25 Sep 2018

The ‘Making Music Together’ Project will bring together existing musical talent and latent skills within diverse groups so that everyone with an interest in sharing their cultural heritage has a voice. They will have opportunities to contribute to vibrant programmes in which they have pride and a sense of ownership

OneWorld Festival - Songs From Across the World 25 Sep 2018

Grant to The Oxford Foundation

Amount: £3,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: The Oxford Foundation

Building Inclusive Intergenerational Community Wellness 25 Sep 2018

Grant to Abingdon Damascus Youth Project

Flo's- The Place in the Park 25 Sep 2018

Grant to Flo's - The Place in the Park

Play & Creative Arts Therapy in Primary Schools 26 Nov 2018

8 children in Cowley to receive 18 sessions of therapy each as part of our wider project aims.

Helping people with mental health problems into employment and voluntary work 26 Nov 2018

creating an environment where service users are welcomed, interact with others (users, staff and volunteers) and are able to us their time at Bridewell to maximum effect in terms of their recovery from mental ill-health.

Specialist Youth Worker 12 Oct 2018

We promote the development of the personal, social & educational potential of young people between the ages of 11 and 15 years living in the area encompassed by Vale of the White Horse ans South Oxfordshire District Councils and in particular those who are disadvantaged by adverse social conditions. We currently focus our work in South Abingdon and Drayton, Appleford, Milton, Sutton Courtenay and Steventon (the first letters of the village names form the acronym DAMASCUS). We are rooted within these communities and work in partnership with Thames Valley police, schools, MASH, Kingfisher and other agencies to deliver positive outcomes for disenfranchised young people. Our core target group consists of young people from low socioeconomic backgrounds with non-existent social mobility. They are variously disengaged from education, lack appropriate support and boundaries at home, experience deprivation, community isolation; succumb to negative peer pressure, have poor life skills and at risk of involvement/already involved with drugs and alcohol and other anti-social behaviour and have unfettered access to social media and inappropriate websites. We have prevented cases of grooming for sexual exploitation, dealing drugs and joining gangs with associated intimidation and violence through our work and partnership with police. Our street-smart youth workers are out on the streets late in to evenings, building trusting relationships and identifying issues which are followed up with bespoke one-to one-support and through high-impact workshops to address the shocking realities of " drugs / streets life" and destroy popular myths and misconceptions. We enable these young people to reflect on how they perceive themselves, their home, communal environments and develop a sense of belonging through opportunities to be recognised for positive youth leadership within community. This also helps them in future job prospects as we are an accredited centre for the award of AQA certificates in achievement.We have a track record of working in partnership with police to prevent escalation such that vulnerable young people are groomed or become victims of drugs, violence and gang membership. As PC James Barraclough of the Abingdon Town Policing Team says, "One more young person that engages with Damascus is one less young person I have to see". Inspector Mags Turner of Thames Valley Police said, " I wish there was a Damascus in every community". Outside the shops in the Gainsborough Green Area of South Abingdon we averted a potential violent and grooming incident when a known gang from Oxford pulled up at our street session. We were able to share intelligence picked up on the streets about gangs from London occupying houses in local villages and towns to groom our young people in to dealing. Following the death of a man in the South Abingdon community, 'Olders' (men from Saxton road aged 20+ ) had been drinking all day and threatening the 'Youngers' (under 16) they saw on the street. A young person got threatened with a knife and was scratched on his face. Young people talked of revenge and the need to carry a weapon for protection. We calmed the situation and got them thinking rationally about the danger of carrying knives for protection. The grant will enable us to employ a specialist youth worker with experience of working on youth gang culture and knife crime prevention in London, to deliver effective interventions engaging both those actively participating in gang and knife related high-risk activities and those on the periphery to reduce exploitation of young people through gang membership and reducing and preventing violent crime. In the course of the work we will share police relevant gang data as well as effectiveness of substance misuse services.

Incredible Edible Hooky 16 Nov 2018

We are a group of volunteers who live in and around Hook Norton. Our primary aim is to reduce the carbon footprint of the village by encouraging people to grow and buy locally sourced produce. We transform unused/unloved areas in the village into areas where produce is cultivated by volunteers and made available for everyone to harvest. We provide opportunities for residents to grow, cook and share locally produced produce, thereby building a more sustainable future. We also provide training opportunities and skill share workshops for our volunteers and local residents. Since 2015, we have established 7 raised beds with fruits and vegetables, as well as a herbal apothecary garden. Our dedicated group of volunteers won the ‘Best New Group’ award from the Oxfordshire Voluntary & Community Awards in 2017 With a grant we want to extend one of the growing beds which has proved very popular with residents, being well looked after and building a sense of community and neighbourliness. We also want to build a new bed in a different part of the village on an unused piece of ground. We already have funding of £200 towards this project, so are reassured the site will be well looked after by residents as well as increasing the popularity of the growing beds.

Building Community at Stonehill Gardens 16 Nov 2018

This funding would enable us to continue to run our weekly open sessions on a Wednesday.

Self-care retreats and HerSpace for teenage girls 20 Nov 2018

Ark-T has been piloting a 'self-care retreat for teenage girls' over the past year. Each retreat has been oversubscribed; we need further staffing to run these retreats with further capacity during school holidays in 2019. The retreats range from 1 day to 5 days. The demand for the retreats has been overwhelming with waiting lists. This is an innovative programme for Oxfordshire and nationally, championing the idea that 'self-care' doesn't need to be exclusively for the more affluent demographic. Women of all ages benefit from self-care, especially teenage girls facing socio-economic and mental health challenges. Self-care retreats have included; yoga, meditation, mindfulness, self expression through art, sound portraits, healthy eating/nutrition, outdoor activities such as sensory walks, nature based therapeutic interventions. Ark-T also runs 'HerSpace' an afterschool term-time club for 12 to 18 year old teenage girls, this is oversubscribed and understaffed. Funding for HerSpace from The Wates Foundation ends in June 2019, we are seeking alternative funding for 2019. HerSpace workshop participants develop practical art and design skills which could lead to employment opportunities, build arts and social leadership skills, project management, communication skills, time-management skills and learn about physical and nutritional health creatively.

Amount: £5,000
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: Ark T Centre

Grant to Ogbourne C of E Primary School PSA 07 Dec 2018

Support for the PSA at Ogbourne C of E Primary School. They are raising money to pay for a much-needed upgrade to the school playground.

Grant to OASIS 14 Dec 2018

Funding will be used to provide a greater range of activities and guest speakers to the group meetings

Amount: £451
Funder: Oxfordshire Community Foundation
Recipient: OASIS